Accenture study finds less consumer switching
For the first time in six years, the number of consumers who switched service providers as a result of poor customer service declined in 2010, according to the latest edition of an annual consumer behavior study released today by Accenture.

Ten countries will account for 80% of global smart grid investment by 2030
Utilities worldwide will collectively invest more than US$378 billion in building electricity smart grids by 2030. But 80% of this capital spend will be concentrated in just ten countries, according to a new report by Innovation Observatory.

Smart Pay As You Go for EON’s SME customers
E.ON has announced plans to trial a new Smart Pay As You Go (PAYG) offering for Small to Medium Enterprises (SME), making it one of the first energy companies to offer this service. The new Smart PAYG offering has been developed by Secure Meters (UK) Ltd to help business customers manage cash flow and reduce the risk of debt.

350 Million smart meters installed in Asia Pacific by 2016
A number of electric utilities and Departments of Energy in the Asia Pacific region are gearing up their smart grid initiatives, and smart meters will be an integral part of these programs.

Net Benefits of Smart Meters Could Range from $96 to $287 Million Over 20 Years for Utilities with a Million Customersd
A study led by economists at The Brattle Group and prepared for the Edison Foundation’s Institute for Electric Efficiency (IEE) finds that the net benefits of smart meters could range from $96 to $287 million over a 20-year time period for a U.S. utility with one million residential customers.

US assessment of advanced metering
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s assessment on Demand Response and advanced metering has been published, and is available for downloading. The Executive summary states that Advanced metering penetration and potential peak load reductions from electric power demand response have increased significantly since 2008.

Bglobal signs MoU with Samsung C&T Coporation
Bglobal plc (AIM: BGBL), the leading provider of smart metering solutions to the energy market is pleased to announce that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (“MoU”) with Samsung C&T Corporation (“Samsung”), the Korean based global trading and investment company.

EU Energy Commisioner outlines agenda for Europe
Günther Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Energy Security for Europe in a speech at Kings College London outlined the potential for a new energy policy. In summary he stated that now is time to pave the way for another European integration project of vast potential: a true European energy policy.

Features

ON Semiconductor: Smart Metering Solutions
This is a comprehensive guide to power management, protection and communications solutions for today’s smart metering applications. ON Semiconductor has a proven track record of shipping Power Line Communication modem ICs and Power Management Products in electricity meters for many years.

OPINION PIECE: Smart and Just Grids: Opportunities for sub-Saharan Africa
By Morgan Bazilian
In 2009, an estimated 585 million people had no access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa, and under current assumptions, that figure is expected to rise significantly by 2030 to about 652 million – an unsustainable and unacceptable situation. While national governments and regional organizations have identified the urgent need for accelerated electrification rates, responding to this need will require innovative and effective energy policies.

Event Updates

Norwegian metering policy announced!
With the Norwegian smart meter deployment policy announced last week, and the consultation period running till the 6 May 2011- Norway enters a critical stage in defining its smart energy future. I am delighted to announce the participation of Thor Erik Grammeltvedt, Head of Electricity Market Section for the Norwegian regulator as a keynote speaker.

Learn from the most advanced smart grid projects presented at Transmission & Distribution/Smart Grids Europe 2011
We all know the spotlight in the transmission and distribution industry is on Europe. The upgrade and modernisation of Europe’s electricity grids to meet increasing demand and carbon emission targets has been identified as a key energy infrastructure priority for 2020 and beyond.

Recognizing Innovation, Business Case Excellence, and Customer Service Excellence in the North American Utility Industry
As part of Metering International’s global series of Excellence Awards, we are proud to announce the 2011 Metering International Excellence awards for the North American utility sector.

2011: A key year for smart metering deployment in the CEE region
Smart Metering is becoming a reality in the CEE region, with Poland at the frontier of developments. Smart Metering Central and Eastern Europe assembles the region's leading metering voices at a critical time. With Energa committing to roll-out AMI across the operators entire business territory to over 2.5 million domestic and 300,000 business consumers - Central and Eastern Europe is moving at a rapid pace!

Mark your agenda for Smart Metering UK & Ireland 2011!
With upcoming government announcements on smart metering deployment in the UK and notable progress in Ireland, Smart Metering UK and Ireland returns for 2011 more timely than ever. 2011 WILL BE CRUNCH TIME!

Smart Homes 2011 – Call for participation
Where do you want to be in 9 months? If you want to: Push smart home market developments and put Europe on the map as smart home pioneer, Be seen as the market leader in the smart home industry, Share best practice results from the first European pilot projects, Increase brand awareness and get your brand in the forefront of decision makers, then join us in Amsterdam for Smart Homes 2011!

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